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Buhari Bows To Pressure As He Reviews Policemen’s Salaries

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Buhari Bows To Pressure As He Reviews Policemen's Salaries
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President Muhammadu Buhari has bowed to pressure from #EndSARS protesters, as he promised to review the salaries of policemen in the country.

Disclosing this development during a session of 2022 budget defence by Mohammed Dongyadi, the Minister of Police Affairs, stated that following the President’s order, the commission in charge of salaries and wages was expected to work out the package and submit it to the Buhari-led government for consideration.

Newsrand understands that salary structure for Nigerian policemen was among the several other demands made by #EndSARS protesters in their agitation against police brutality in the country.

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“In recognition of the take-home pay of the police which necessitated the need to motivate them for better performance, Mr. President directed the Salaries and Wages Commission to work out a new salary package for the Nigerian Police and submit it to the government for consideration.

“In keeping with this directive, the Commission in consultation with the relevant stakeholders has submitted a proposal to the government which is being given the desired and urgent attention,” Dingyadi said.

Dingyadi had given reasons for the salary update, stating that the Police officers are constantly faced with terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery and secessionist agitations.

The minister highlighted some of the challenges the Police faced in 2021 to include COVID-19, ENDSARS protests, saying they constituted serious social, moral, economic, and security setbacks for the police.

Also speaking, the Commandant, Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano, AIG Lawan Jimeta said that the police academy needed more personnel.

According to him, the academy has a cadet strength presently of over 3,300 cadets.

“The academy is grossly understaffed as many academic programs are being run without adequate lecturers.

“Also the administration and other operations are also in dire need of manpower. Efforts to get employment waivers from the head of the service of the federation is yet to yield desired results,” he said.

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MYTO: NERC Moves To Review Electricity Tariffs

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MYTO: NERC Moves To Review Electricity Tariffs

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has announced a review of electricity tariffs, in its Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO).

This was disclosed in a statement by the Electricity Regulatory body, posted on its official website stating that the review does not mean an increase in tariffs.

The statement titled ‘Notice of Compliance in Respect of the Biannual Review of the Revenue Requirements of Licensees’ Read;

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“Pursuant to the provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission adopted the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) Methodology in setting out the basis and procedures for determination of licensees revenue requirements and review of electricity tariffs in Nigeria.

“The methodology provides for Minor Reviews (every 6 months), Major Reviews (every 5 years), and Extraordinary Reviews in instances where industry parameters have changed significantly from those used in the operating tariffs to such an extent that a review is required urgently to maintain the viability of the electricity industry.

“We wish to clarify that such reviews do not automatically translate to an increase in tariffs. Indeed where the impact of improved efficiency in operating parameters for individual licensees exceeds the impact of changes in macroeconomic parameters, the end-user tariffs may be reduced as exhibited in some tariff classes under MYTO 2022.

“In compliance with EPSRA and other relevant industry rules, this notice is issued to inform the general public and industry stakeholders of the Commission’s intention to commence the processes for the July 2022 Minor Review of MYTO 2022 to consider changes in relevant macroeconomic indices, generation capacity and CAPEX required for evacuation and distribution of the available generation capacity in compliance with extant rules”.

The notice came two weeks after the Commission unveiled the new rates for electricity tariff which it effected on February 1, 2022.

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UTME 2022: No Errors In Our Scoring System, Be Wary Of Sham, JAMB Warns

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UTME 2022: No Errors In Our Scoring System, Be Wary Of Sham, JAMB Warns

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has disclosed that the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation (UTME) examination is error-free, regardless of circulated rumors.

The JAMB’s PRO Director, Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in a statement, warning candidates of fraudsters who are spreading fake news on another UTME for the 2022 session.

“The UTME is a computer-based test that is scored electronically with no human mediation whatsoever. According to the statement.

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“The board has no plans to conduct another UTME for the 2022 session.

“Consequently, the unfounded rumors making the rounds are nothing but the products of the deceitful brains of the masterminds of these baseless imputations.

“Hence, the Board reiterates that there is no room for errors in its electronic scoring system, nor does it plan to

“This clarification became necessary following reports of a purported rescheduling of the UTME from a section of the social media citing phantom errors in the computer scoring system and a purported apology from JAMB to the effect that another UTME would be organized.

“The Board wishes to state that the report is not only false, mischievous but also misleading and crafted out of the frustration and inability of these fraudsters to dupe unsuspecting candidates owing to the series of innovative strategies the board had put in place to protect candidates.

“The public would recall that the board had envisaged some of these inglorious strategies of these nefarious individuals and had sounded a warning to the candidates and the general public alike to preclude the possibilities of them falling victims of the evil machinations of fraudsters.

“JAMB, once again, advises the general public to disregard these items of news as it does not emanate from JAMB, nor has it authorized any individual or group to make such a pronouncement on its behalf.

“The Board, therefore, advises candidates to avail themselves of its user-friendly advisories on assessing their 2022 UTME results and other processes through periodic visits to www.jamb.gov.ng.”

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Illicit Drugs Valued Over N10Mn Destroyed – Police

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The Lagos State Police Command has destroyed illicit drugs valued at over N10 million at the Ewe-Elepe dumpsite in Ikorodu.

According to the report by the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), the drugs which were contained in 4,000 bags include; Marijuana, Cocaine, and Loud.

Destroying the drugs which were seized over a period of 4 months, a team led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Ahmed Magaji Kontagora, said the police secured a court order to the effect which was being executed.

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“We are here to execute the court order in respect of the destruction of hard drugs recovered by RRS of the Lagos Police Command. The commissioner stated.

“Here we have about 4000 wraps of different kinds of drugs recovered in the last four months by the RRS and the value is over N10 million. The drugs were impounded after diligent investigation.”

According to Kontagora, the destruction of the drugs was part of efforts to curb illicit substance abuse, adding that the action would be continuous.

The DCP said three suspects were arrested in connection with the illicit Drugs and had since been charged in court, warning other traffickers, and peddlers to have a rethink.

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) were represented at the event.

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